THIS month Gold Coast locals Paul Hatwell and Johnny Lennane will trade in their work uniforms for snow boots as they set out to conquer Mt Everest all in the name of charity.
On August 18, the adventurous pair will embark on a 14 day trek to Everest Basecamp which will see them climb for up to eight hours a day, to raise vital funds for Cancer Council Queensland and Cystic Fibrosis Australia.
The friends, who both work at Jupiter’s Casino, will spend two nights in Kathmandu briefing with guides before taking a flight to Lukla and setting off on the adventure of a lifetime.
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Mr Hatwell said that although it’ll be a tough challenge mentally and physically, the pain will be nothing compared to what cancer patients endure.
“We wanted to show our support to Cancer Council Queensland and Cystic Fibrosis as we know so many people in the community who have been touched by these diseases,” he said.
“Earlier this year, our close friends died in a snowboarding accident in Perisher, so we are dedicating this climb to him as well.”
Mr Hatwell said they had always enjoyed trekking and were keen to take their adventures to the next level, so pledged to tackle Mt Everest and climb to basecamp and raise funds in the process.
“We just want to do something good and help make a difference,” Mr Hatwell said.
“We are a little nervous, but really looking forward to everything about it – the climb, the scenery, and the adventure.”
They hope to continue their expeditions each year, embarking on different adventures around the world to raise further funds for charity,
“We have had so much support with Jupiter’s Casino also coming on board as a supporter, and we encourage others to do the same,” Mr Hatwell said.
To support Mr Hatwell and Mr Lennane, visit their fundraising page here.